Recently, I showed you how to work a variation of a regular picot bind-off. However, sometimes you just want the stretch of a Russian bind-off, and combine it with the added pizzazz of some picots. That was exactly the scenario I encountered when I was working on my Framboos shawl. So, I tried out a way to combine the two in a Russian picot bind-off. In this tutorial, I’ll show you what I did.
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, a good value, good quality 100% acrylic yarn, here in the color Tea Rose.
Needles: This is a pair of straights that I picked up at the second-hand store when I started knitting, brand unknown.
Working the Russian picot bind-off step by step
- To start, knit 1 stitch.
In this example, I’m using a swatch from a stitch pattern that will be on this website soon.
- Knit another stitch.
- Slip both stitches from the right-hand needle back to the left-hand needle.
If you insert the left-hand needle as pictured, everything is already positioned correctly for the next step.
- Knit the stitches together through the back loop.
- Repeat steps 2-4 another 5 times.
This is basically the regular Russian bind-off. You can adjust the number of times to make the distance between the picots larger or smaller. End this step by slipping the remaining stitch from the right-hand needle back to the left-hand needle.
- Cast-on 3 stitches using the knitted on cast-on.
- Knit 1 stitch.
- Next, knit another stitch…
- …and pass the stitch already on the right-hand needle over the one just worked.
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 twice more. This is what makes the picot.
- Repeat steps 2-10 until all stitches have been bound off.
The result of the Russian picot bind-off looks like this:
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